refuse to give up my obsession

      Stupid Lies About Vaginas, The G-Spot Special!

victoriadahl:

“But he also notes that women who experience heightened pleasure around the G-spot area aren’t crazy or making it up. Indeed, biopsies of vaginal wall tissue have shown that in some women, there are more nerve endings in the purported G-spot than in surrounding areas…” Oh, thanks for the fucking shout-out. Maybe it’s not all in your head.

Breathe a sigh of relief, chicks, because “it’s been documented.” Whew! We did studies to be sure you were really feeling that sensation some of you told us you were feeling. *head pat*

pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
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pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
ZoomInfo
pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
ZoomInfo
pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
ZoomInfo
pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
ZoomInfo
pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
ZoomInfo
pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
ZoomInfo
pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
ZoomInfo
pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
ZoomInfo
pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.
Links:
Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart
Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story
You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.


This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.
ZoomInfo

pol102:

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.

Links:

Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.

This story is significant. It shouldn’t just go away.

Bridge Over Troubled Water
Cecilia
by Simon & Garfunkel
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radtracks:

cecilia // simon & garfunkel

celia, you’re breaking my heart
you’re shaking my confidence daily
oh, cecilia, i’m down on my knees
i’m begging you please to come home

(via yayponies)

I'm confused about what Beethoven was doing in the black composers post. He was German.

heckascootie:

tj:

runonsentencesaboutemotions:

cubbyzissou:

thepianogirl1:

unimaginableunimaginable:

deadcatwithaflamethrower:

whitepeoplestealingculture:

By golly gee! I keep forgetting that Black people didn’t exist until the Fresh Prince of Bel Air came on television! Or that Black people existed in anywhere else than Africa even with slavery going on :) My apologies.

Anyway, here’s proof that Beethoven was Black:

"… Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making Spain their capital—for some 800 years.

In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion:

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(Louis Letronne, Beethoven, 1814, pencil drawing.)

"Frederick Hertz, German anthropologist, used these terms to describe him: ‘Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose.’

Emil Ludwig, in his book ‘Beethoven,’ says: ‘His face reveals no trace of the German. He was so dark that people dubbed him Spagnol [dark-skinned].’

Fanny Giannatasio del Rio, in her book ‘An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven,’ wrote ‘His somewhat flat broad nose and rather wide mouth, his small piercing eyes and swarthy [dark] complexion, pockmarked into the bargain, gave him a strong resemblance to a mulatto.’

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Beethoven’s death mask: profile and full face

C. Czerny stated, ‘His beard—he had not shaved for several days—made the lower part of his already brown face still darker.’

Following are one word descriptions of Beethoven from various writers: Grillparzer, ‘dark’; Bettina von Armin, ‘brown’; Schindler, ‘red and brown’; Rellstab, ‘brownish’; Gelinek, ‘short, dark.’

In Alexander Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, vol.1, p. 134,  the author states, “there is none of that obscurity which exalts one to write history as he would have it and not as it really was. The facts are too patent.” On this same page, he states that the German composer Franz Josef Haydn was referred to as a “Moor” by Prince Esterhazy, and Beethoven had “even more of the Moor in his looks.’ On p. 72, a Beethoven contemporary, Gottfried Fischer, describes him as round-nosed and of dark complexion. Also, he was called ‘der Spagnol’ (the Spaniard).

Other “patent” sources, of which there are many, include, but are not limited to, Beethoven by Maynard Solomon, p.78. He is described as having “thick, bristly coal-black hair” (in today’s parlance, we proudly call it ‘kinky’) and a ‘ruddy-complexioned face.’ In   Beethoven:  His Life and Times by Artes Orga, p.72, Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny of the ‘School of Velocity’ fame, recalls that Beethoven’s ‘coal-black hair, cut a la Titus, stood up around his head [sounds almost like an Afro].  His black beard…darkened the lower part of his dark-complexioned face.’

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Engraving by Blasius Hofel, Beethoven, 1814, color facsimile of engraving after a pencil drawing by Louis Letronne. This engraving was regarded in Beethoven’s circle as particularly lifelike. Beethoven himself thought highly of it, and gave several copies to his friends.

Beethoven, the Black Spaniard

(read more here)

They whitewashed BEETHOVEN?  O_O

Thank you, history/fact-checking Tumblr.

I now feel the need to go burn every white-skinned image of Beethoven I can find.

beethoven was totally black! how do people not know this?

jk because erasure

I have been playing Beethoven’s music for 10+ years now and had absolutely no idea he was black.
My life has been a lie.

OH MY GOD HOLY SHIT.

I HAVE A BACHELOR DEGREE IN MUSIC, MY MAJOR WAS “MUSIC HISTORY, THEORY, AND LITERATURE”

I TOOK MULTIPLE CLASSES SPECIFICALLY IN BEETHOVEN’S STRING QUARTETS AND MY SCHOOL HAD AN INTERNATIONAL BEETHOVEN SYMPOSIUM WHERE THERE WERE PAPERS ON THINGS LIKE THE KIND OF FUCKING PAAAAAAPER HE DID HIS MANUSCRIPTS ON, IN DIFFERENT CITIES, TO SEE WHERE AND WHEN HE WROTE SPECIFIC SNIPPETS OF MUSIC.

NEVER IN MY EDUCATION OR READINGS DID I EITHER

A) NOTICE THIS

B) WAS SPECIFICALLY TOLD THIS.

I think there’s a combination of systemic racism in this, and my own internalized racism. I have, in fact, read Maynard Solomon’s biography and didn’t pick up on this. I have read the Czerny sources as well. My Beethoven teacher (Bill Kinderman) is one of the top Beethoven scholars in the world, and I don’t remember hearing any of this from him.

I even did a semester of graduate work in musicology, specifically focusing on the Beethoven string quartets (I really fucking love those things) and we never spoke about this.

I cannot say I am in any way surprised at this. I am embarrassed, angry, and upset that this was erased from my DECADES of music education.

Which doesn’t surprise me at all, because classical music is very specifically in our culture for white people, especially men, especially upper class white men.

Oof, this one is going to take a while to fully fucking digest, I am in angry tears.

Holy shit. One of the greatest musical minds of all time and he got whitewashed.

The truth needs to be spread.

Johnny Carson voice: “I did not know that.”

This isn’t the first time that I’ve read on tumblr that Beethoven was black, but I feel compelled to reblog it now because casually scrolling past evidence of erasure and noting it is not enough. I’d love to see a documentary about this.

inkskinned:

yoncehaunted:

When the teacher answers your question but you still don’t understand 

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hey since school is back and we’ve all been there here are some tips if you get stuck in this situation and are not beyonce and therefore cannot control the very gravitational forces of this universe and are instead bound by your meager mortal body:

  • say “what i’m hearing you say is X, is that correct?” and repeat back the last sentence or a few words. teachers often don’t notice if what they are saying is confusing because they already know the information so it seems obvious to them!! like you know when you’re trying to explain a tv show to your friend and you barrel ahead and they’re like “????? why would she murder him” and you’re like “no, it makes sense" it’s like that but if someone asked you "i heard you say she murdered him?" you’d be like "yeah bc he was actually her husbands evil twin in disguise" PLUS it makes you sound a lot smarter than saying "what?"
  • ask “why is that the case?” 
  • try writing down their answer!! a lot of us are kinesthetic (learn by doing) learners and until we do some sort of action, we don’t get it haha
  • if this does not help say “is there a way you could demonstrate that visually?” you might just be a visual learner and hearing it does not help you!! plus the graphic or slide or whatever they use to explain it might clarify better than their words.
  • say “can you show me an example of that?” sometimes just seeing it applied makes it easier to understand!! 
  • ask, “is there anything else that is like this?” and usually your teacher will give you a comparison like “yeah! this concept is sort of like…something that you’ve probably witnessed” and that makes it easier!! :)
  • wait until after class and see if the rest of class cleared up your question. if it didn’t, ask it again but instead of being like “sorry idk wtf you’re even saying” just say “I just wanted to make sure that I understand it this time. I asked x and you said that y. is that correct?” firstly even if you said something TOTALLY WRONG you still sound like a smartypants and secondLY now you have a chance to walk through it as slowly as possible with them. 

a lot of these also apply in normal people conversations like if you totally lose track of what someone is saying just repeating their words back to them makes it sound like you’re a good friend and not a space cadet (we all been there) and if you’re in a heated debate with a hottie you can usually kick them to the curb by undermining their arguments with “what’s an example of that?” they will be so impressed by you that they will not see the swift left hook you deliver to assert your power as the hottest hottie in the room you beautiful intelligent creature you

good luck out there my friends!! :)

srsly tumblr how are you so great at teaching each other shit, i love you. 

"Wal-Mart earned $27 billion in profit last year. They could afford to pay their bottom million workers $10,000 more a year, raise all of those people out of poverty, cost — save taxpayers billions of dollars, and still earn $17 billion in profit, right? It’s simply nuts that we have allowed this to happen. […] You know, this ridiculous idea that a worker on Wall Street who earns tens of millions of dollars a year securitizing imaginary assets or doing high-frequency trading is worth 1,000 times as much as workers who earn tens of thousands of dollars a year educating our children, growing or serving us our food, throwing themselves into harm’s away to protect our life or property, that this difference reflects the true value or intrinsic worth of these jobs is nonsense."
"I hate writing about the terrible things that happen to women, or I suppose it is more accurate to say I hate how I feel obligated to write about the terrible things that happen to women. I feel this obligation because terrible things have happened to me and because for too long I stayed silent. I was scared and ashamed and humiliated. My silence only amplified these feelings, the self-loathing, the isolation. If speaking about violence against women makes other women feel less alone, I am going to use my voice. And still. I hate writing about the terrible things that happen to women. I hate the inescapable feeling that writing about such issues accomplishes so very little. I hate the exhaustion I feel when I see yet another news story about a woman who has suffered at the hands of a man. I hate the guilt I feel because I am exhausted. Exhaustion is such a luxury."
"The summer that marriage equality passed in New York, we saw the number of homeless kids looking for shelter go up 40 percent," says Carl Siciliano, founder of the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. A former Benedictine monk-in-training, who once went by the nickname Baby Jesus, Siciliano had spent years living in monasteries and serving in shelters run by the Catholic Worker Movement before his own sexuality inextricably came between him and his institutional faith. "I ended up just feeling like the Catholic Church was wack," he says. "Cardinal O’Connor [the archbishop of New York at the time who once said if he was forced to hire homosexuals, he would shut down all of the Catholic schools and orphanages in the diocese] was like the arch-homophobe of America." Siciliano was working at a housing program for the homeless in the Nineties when he noticed that his clientele was getting younger and younger. Until then, he says, "you almost never saw kids. It was Vietnam vets, alcoholics and deinstitutionalized mentally ill people." But not only were more kids showing up, they were also disappearing. "Every couple of months one of our kids would get killed," Siciliano says. "And it would always be a gay kid." In 2002, he founded the Ali Forney Center, naming it after a homeless 22-year-old who’d been shot in the head on the street in Harlem, not far from where the organization’s drop-in center currently resides. Siciliano had been close with Forney and felt that had he had a safe place to go, he might be alive today.

Since founding the center, Siciliano, 49, has become one of the nation’s most outspoken homeless advocates. “I feel like the LGBT movement has been asleep at the wheel when it comes to this,” he says, running his hands through his closely cropped hair and sighing. “We’ve been so focused on laws – changing the laws around marriage equality, changing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ getting adoption rights – that we haven’t been fighting for economic resources. How many tax dollars do gay people contribute? What percentage of tax dollars comes back to our gay kids? We haven’t matured enough as a movement yet that we’re looking at the economics of things."